March 8th, 2011 Posted 7:00 pm
“To me a bicycle is a machine of magic … taking me on to the ways of satisfied happiness; giving to me the good friendship I enjoy with others, and to share with me the delights and ecstasies of the outdoors. It gives to me the pleasures of mingling the past with the present … always discovering … always learning. Above all it gives to me also, memories to cherish and store inwardly, as I wheel my ways on joyous days … such a day has been today.” Albert Winstanley 1917-2012
Planning and riding a SFNR makes me think and these thoughts can sometimes be profound. I re-read Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle recently. I found my perfect motto or aphorism for SFNR
“Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God” Book of Bokonon
The rides for 2015-2016 season is now planned (as far as anything is with SFNR). They are on the Future Sheffield FNR page, but take note, these plans may change so get on the email list (firstname.lastname@example.org) or like the fb page. SFNR is also on twitter as @sheffieldfnr. Usually anouncements only.
Apologies with personal commitments and calendars there will be no FridayNightRide (unless impromptu) in April or May 2016
There will be two researched rides in June 2016.
3 June 2016
Sheffield Outrages In the 1810s Luddites in W Yorks trashed factory machinery. In the 1840s the Welsh tore down highway toll gates in the Rebecca riots. But Sheffield in the 1850s and 1860s had workers shooting and bombing capitalists, their lackeys and their buildings. The Sheffield Outrages and the subsequent Parliamentary inquiry catalysed the legislation that allowed the formation of trade unions. A ride to sites of the Sheffield Outrages and talk about labour, capital and trade unions.
Full Moon 21 May
17 June 2015(longest Friday and 8th b’day)
Sheffield’s Scattered Homes In the late C19th century the Poor Law Guardians started a “scattered homes” system where poor children were taken from their families in the workhouses and housed in small groups with a housekeeper to look after them, eg feeding, hygiene and making sure they went to school. The system was adopted elsewhere in the country. The programme ceased during WWII but many of the houses are still associated with care and shelter for vulnerable people. We are going to ride to the sites of these homes and talk about ‘upbringing’ and end up at a scattered home for a barbecue.
Full moon 20 Jun
Cycle Maintenance classes throughout the year
The ever-popular ReCycleBikes cycle maintenance classes are now revised and bookable here
If you know what you’re doing and want a stand to work on, in the dry with good tools and expert advice on hand then you can do that in the bike kitchen
I think Russell’s Bike Shed, Bike ReHab and Evans also offer bike maintenance classes so contact them for details
Learn how to use the
Sheffield Cycle Jumble – May and October, book early if you want to have a table; it gets busy and is a great event to go to
Mark’s contact details are on the poster for the jumble if you want to book a table for a jumble.
I get ride info sent to me from time to time and if you want to get out on your bikes more then …
don’t forget to look on these sites: local CTC site; the Sheffield Clarion Cycling Club;, the Steel City Riders; Ride Sheffield; Sheffield Shopper Society; No Balls Biking; Sheffield Women’s Cycling – see side bar Other Sheffield Rides for all these.
Should SFNR have an anthem? – this is a great modern Sheffield tune about Sheffielders and we can la la la as we pedal
Click on this logo, check out what it says, sign up if you want to. I know its News International, obviously linked to News Corp who sponsor all that cycling through SKY; but I think this is genuinely felt – shock that a colleague ordinarily commuting to work can be seriously injured through poor vehicle design and driver behaviour.
Cheer yourself up before the next ride – take a dekko at this
Fraternal/Sororal Rides: There used to be a London FridayNightRide www.fridaynightride.com (where I was inducted into the experience) sadly no more. If any body knows of another FNR like this one – there are other FNRs which cycle to the coast and all that kind of stuff but we are not into distance or endurance or power (I think we are in it for the joy of social urban riding and being a tourist in your own backyard) then I could maybe see if any other FNR wants to do a fraternal/sororal ride sometime in Sheffield and vice-versa.
“FridayNightRiders of the World Unite!”
“We have nothing to lose but our chains!”
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